Violist Kathryn Steely to Present Faculty Recital Sept. 16

Sept. 4, 1996

by Richard Veit

Kathryn Schmidt Steely, instructor of viola at Baylor University, will present a faculty recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in Roxy Grove Hall. She will be accompanied by Dr. John Cozza, assistant professor of piano.

Steely, who holds a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a bachelor's degree from Bethel College in Kansas, joined the Baylor music faculty two years ago. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is a member of a prominent faculty chamber music ensemble, the Baylor String Quartet.

The recital will feature Germanic viola music from three distinct periods-Baroque, Romantic, and 20th century.

The program will open with the "Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2," by Johannes Brahms. This is a late work, written in 1894, just three years before the composer's death. It is perhaps more often heard in its alternate version for clarinet and piano.

Johann Sebastian Bach's "Suite No. 5 in C minor" is in seven dance movements. Originally scored for unaccompanied cello, it was composed around 1720. Steely will perform it in a transcription for unaccompanied viola.

Following intermission, Dr. Cozza will return to accompany Steely in a performance of Paul Hindemith's "Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4." Hindemith, an accomplished violist himself, wrote this work during 1922 while he was a member of the orchestra at the Frankfurt Opera House. The piece is in three discernible movements, but there are no pauses in between them.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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